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Pedal Power: South Coast Bike Share Program Hoping To Give Alternative To Driving

Pedal Power: South Coast Bike Share Program Hoping To Give Alternative To Driving

A bicycle is being released from its dock on State Street. It’s one of nearly 100 already in Santa Barbara, which are part of a…

Wednesday, Jul 21

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A bicycle is being released from its dock on State Street.

It’s one of nearly 100 already in Santa Barbara, which are part of a new Bike Share Pilot program.

Users can unlock a bike and ride it around town – returning it to a different dock.

It’s designed for those trips which are too far to walk but too close to drive.

Jessie Rosenberg, the General Manager of Santa Barbara B Cycle – which operate the bikes – says they are aimed at riders with short trips in mind.

"Santa Barbara is a huge cycling destination. You have a lot of local cyclists but you also have a lot of tourists who really want to get a sense of Santa Barbara," says Rosenberg.

The bikes are rented via an app, and have varying membership levels depending on your intended usage.Rosenberg says that the e-bikes are great for "all demographics," because even older riders won’t struggle on hills, thanks to the added electric "pedal assist."The program launched at the end of January and expanded into the city’s coastal zone last month – and will expand the program to 500 docks serving a fleet of around 250 bikes.Sam Furtner is the mobility co-ordinator from the City of Santa Barbara. He says the pilot program has come from over a decade of discussion."We have been looking to introduce a bike share program in Santa Barbara for over a decade, especially during some of the dock-less and rogue launches of scooters."In 2018, we had a rogue scooter launch, […]

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